2003-11-28 / Sports

Basketball Players Return For College Season

By Elio Velez
Basketball Players Return For College Season By Elio Velez


Harvard’s Tricia Tubridy, left, and Color­ado’s Randie Wirt battle for a loose ball during the first half of their Subway Classic game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Minneapolis. (AP/Tom Olmscheid)Harvard’s Tricia Tubridy, left, and Color­ado’s Randie Wirt battle for a loose ball during the first half of their Subway Classic game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Minneapolis. (AP/Tom Olmscheid)

The college basketball season has once again started and Rockaway and Broad Channel players are in the spotlight. Last year, the Wave features players such as Tricia Tubridy from Harvard, Boston College’s Clare Droesch, Boston University’s Kevin Fitzgerald and Janelle McManus of Fairfield.

Kevin Fitzgerald is a senior at Boston University and was named a co- captain for the Terriers. The Belle Harbor native led the Terriers to the National Invitational Tournament, where his team fell to St. John’s 62-57. At the end of the 2003-2004 season, Fitzgerald is on pace to finish in the top five time in assists at BU. Fitzgerald has been a starter in his first three seasons.

The 6-foot Tricia Tubridy has a good career with the Harvard Crimson. In 2002-2003, the Broad Channel native earned second team All-Ivy honors. Averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds a game, she was named player of the week after 15 points and 10 rebounds against Penn. The Crimson finished 22-5, won the Ivy League Conference title and entered the NCAA playoffs.

Janelle McManus will be competing in her first full season at Fairfield University. She played in only 22 games after transferring from Boston College in 2002. McManus made a quick impact as she led the team in scoring and was named to the third team All-MAAC. McManus will lead a team who has been picked to finish first in the MAAC conference.


Kevin Fitzgerald leads the Boston University Terriers in his senior season.Kevin Fitzgerald leads the Boston University Terriers in his senior season.

Clare Droesch will receive more playing time and responsibility as she enters her junior season at Boston College. The 5’11 guard/ forward played in 31 games last year and led the team in three point shooting. An all-around player, Droesch helped the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

The Wave is looking to feature all kids who play college basketball from Division 1 to Division III or junior college. We are looking for friends or family to give us information on local basketball players who are playing college ball so we can report on their progress. You can contact us at 718-634-4000 or email us at editor@rockawave.com


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